The Colonels bounced back after a loss to Murray State on Saturday and defeated Eastern Illinois University at home by a final score of 31-23.

The Colonels scored 21 points in the second half, and that was all it took to lift them past EIU.

Wide receiver Jaelin Carter reached the end zone three times throughout the matchup. LJ Scott, another key player in the game, led the team with 151 rushing yards and one touchdown.

Eastern Illinois (2-7, 2-4 OVC) was led by Isaiah Johnson’s 128 rushing yards and two touchdowns. John Brantley threw for 127 yards and contributed a rushing touchdown.

At halftime, Eastern Illinois led 17-10, but EKU’s offense picked up in the second half.

EKU gained 216 yards on the ground rushing and threw the ball for 171 yards, picking up two rushing touchdowns and two passing touchdowns. Head coach Mark Elder emphasized during Monday’s weekly press conference the importance of getting the ball in the end zone more and throwing the football more consistently. The running game and passing game seemed to work better for the Colonels in this week’s game.

EKU reached the red zone three times and scored two times. The Colonels also scored 10 points off turnovers, which helped them come out with the victory.  

Eastern Kentucky entered the game with 11 interceptions this season, the seventh-most in the nation. The Colonels finished with two picks on the day.

EKU is now 4-4 on the season and 3-2 at Roy Kidd Stadium.

Saturday’s game was also the first for Tommy Zagorski as Eastern Kentucky’s new offensive coordinator.  After serving as assistant head coach and tight ends coach, Zagorski took over offensive coordinator duties on Sunday, Oct. 21.

Eastern Kentucky will be back in action next Saturday, Nov. 3 when they travel to Clarksville, Tennessee to take on the Austin Peay Governors at 5 p.m.   

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